You see it in the movies all the time - whenever there is a plot involving Witches (good or evil) no movie is complete without the usual scene where candles are part of the ritual. But candle majick is not just for witches anymore, it's very old and very real to those that practice any form of majick. I spell "magic" differently because "magic" to me is the smoke and mirror parlor tricks entertainers employ. Actually, majick spiritualists and Pagans tap into the forces of the Universe and use items readily available such as kitchen spices and yes, candles. Candles go back to ancient times and even now many churches offer them for prayer and petition.
What makes candle majick so powerful? Firstly let's look at the element of fire. Fire because of its swift power adds speed to what we are praying for. It is heat and therefore if used properly can send ripples of subatomic energy into the Universe which will return to us some measure of what we have asked for. I know of few people that do not feel different when they light a candle whether they are using it for atmosphere or prayer. That is because fire is also the element of change. It can, through a candle, quickly bring about desired change if we know how to work with candle majick. There are candles in the shape of men and women. Although we may connote a dark Voo Doo purpose it is important to realize that Voo Doo is not necessarily bad and that such effigies can be used to heal people who are in ill health mentally or physically if you are a Witch or other Pagan. I have used such effigies to help people suffering from illness or that are recovering from surgery. By using a candle you are really employing fire to quickly cause a change in circumstances whether it's personal objectives or to help others.
When using candle majick it is necessary to "clean" the candle of all negativity it may have absorbed in manufacturing and handling - because we do not want negative energies to merge with our prayers and therefore possibly taint the outcome. To help you along here are simple ways to clean a candle. You can anoint (dab) the candle with olive oil. You can also rub salt on the candle. You can also take tap water and consecrate it to whoever you believe in and rub the candle down with this blessed water. As you dab or rub the candle you merely have to focus on ridding the candle of whatever negative energies it may have. You might also want to use candles that have colors associated with what you want; green for money issues, white for Divine assistance, blue for peace of mind and deep purple for healing. By knowing how to use candle majick you can more effectively receive what you are asking for. When doing any kind of majick it is important to understand that the Universe may not have the timetable you do - but just know the Universe will give what you ask in time.
Light a candle for yourself once in a while. Since candles change the ambiance around us light a candle if for no other reason than to absorb the healing warmth it can offer. Light a candle and experience change.